orangerful: (muppets kermit fozzie reading // lostaca)
"The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are."
--- Jim Henson
orangerful: (abby cadabby // orangerful)

Fraggle Rock is so underrated. I need to watch them all again. So many messages about how to approach life.

I miss Jim Henson. I love that The Muppets are back on the big screen and coming to TV again, but they have never been able to fully capture Jim's heart and soul. It's little moments like this that remind me...
orangerful: (music kermit)
I don't care if it is a mockumentary style that has been done to death elsewhere, it is THE MUPPETS!

orangerful: (holiday yoda // orangerful)
We watched "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" yesterday as part of my Christmas viewing marathon and I think...I think it may be the best non-denominational holiday winter special of all time.

I'm not sure if everyone can watch it or not, but Hulu has it highlighted on their front page today so it may be free to view.

It really gets to the core of what holidays are for. Of what any festival is for. The celebrations that are meant to lift us up when the world is at its coldest. To keep us active and around friends when the days are shortest. That tradition has a purpose, though it might not be a measurable or tangible one. It's about faith, but not in one specific god, but just faith in life, in the world, in your friends, in your family.

And that you should always bring your mittens.

I don't think this episode gets enough credit or attention. Seriously, if you have 20 minutes tonight, watch it.
orangerful: (muppets kermit fozzie reading // lostaca)
Ohmyglob, I fell SO FAR behind on my April questions because of the trip!! OOPS! Going to try to catch up really quick:

[ profile] faeriesfolly asked who is your favorite Muppet -- How do I choose just one? I love Gonzo because how can I not identify with a little weirdo who doesn’t quite fit in? Or Pepe, that King Prawn who tries to play it tough but really has such a sweet spot. And lovable, loyal Beaker. MEEP!!!!!!! Then again, I took the "Which Muppet are you?" quiz and got ANIMAL! RAWR! (I got the Muppets Character Encyclopedia for my birthday and I am tempted to just flip through it right now and keep typing FOREVER).

[ profile] rogueslayer452 asked Do you believe in life or the existence of other beings like us on other planets/galaxies? Do you think we'll ever know, or will the human race die out before we get a chance? -- Yes, I think it is foolish to believe that we are the only other lifeforms out there. But I tend to lean towards the Douglas Adams point of view: that an entire galaxy of creatures is going on around us but we are so low on the totem pole that they pay us no attention. Mostly harmless, you know. I doubt we will ever come in contact with them (especially if they have seen any of our movies and know how we will react to alien lifeforms in most cases).

[ profile] hellonelo asked Do you have any comic series you would highly recommend to someone?
It's always dangerous to ask a librarian for book recommendations. I'll try to contain myself. I am a big Brian K Vaughan fan so I HAVE to recommend the epic Y The Last Man and Runaways. Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis is a crude and rude tale that surprises you in the end with having more heart than you thought it could. Always have to give a shout-out to Fray by Joss Whedon, a fantastic part of the Slayer mythology that doesn’t really require any knowledge of the Buffyverse to enjoy. And I was pleasantly surprised by the Adventure Time comics, which made me laugh out loud and manage to capture the magic of the show on the page.

[ profile] hellonelo asked If you could become a super hero, what ability would you have and why? I know it’s so simple, but I think the power of flight would be fantastic. To just zoom from here to there without having to deal with traffic or airplane tickets. Hm..would be nice to have some super strength though so I can carry Tim around with me (this answer inspired after I bought plane tickets to SanFran and realized how EXPENSIVE flying is ugh!)

[ profile] thekaiserchief asked Do you think your zodiac sign accurately reflects you and your personality? Why or why not? -- I found this description of Pisces online:

Pisces Strength Keywords:
- Compassionate
- Adaptable
- Accepting
- Devoted
- Imaginative
Pisces Weakness Keywords:
- Oversensitive
- Indecisive
- Self-pitying
- Lazy
- Escapist

I'm going to say yes? LOL. I don't think I'm oversensitive but perhaps you should ask someone else haha. Other than that, I think I fit pretty well into both the good and the bad.

This post is getting LONG! I will do the other half of the leftover questions later. After we watch Orphan Black!
orangerful: (one girl // orangerful)
Been a rainy weekend and my motivation to do anything is nonexistent LOL. I did just package up the two items I sold on ebay so I can ship them and get paid. Yay for fun money!

Found out yesterday that I have been wearing the wrong bra size for awhile. Not sure if I was just measured wrong or if it's because we haven't worked out since November when Tim hurt his knee. Anyway, thanks to the birthday gift card that Victoria's Secret sends to their card holders, I now have one bra that fits LOL. Oh well,

Watched Despicable Me 2 on Friday night and it was fun. I think I liked it more than the first, and I'm going to say that is Kristen Wiig's fault because she is awesome.

OMG PSYCH FINALE! I think they did a great job wrapping up the show just enough to give the fans closure but leaving enough things open for specials (which apparently USA has already expressed an interest in). I did get a little teary eyed near the end and I could see that Sylvia was definitely crying by the end. I think this was her first series finale. She really loves Psych, which always amazes me since so much of that show is references to 80s movies and stars she has never seen. I guess it really is a testament to how well written the show is that someone who doesn't even get half of the jokes can still love it. (believe me though, I've been doing my best to catch her up on 80s popular culture!)

Just discovered that the Muppets Most Wanted soundtrack is on Spotify and it has FIVE demo tracks sung by Bret McKenzie and it makes me so happy to hear his voice again. I miss Flight of the Conchords so much. Now there's a show I wouldn't mind getting a special for.

I actually had something I was going to post about but now I have forgotten! I think I'm gonna have a snack and play a video game...I finally completed the main storyline for Assassin's Creed II so I'm debating going through and getting all the achievements I have left or starting up a new game (Tim has been playing AC4 and I'm tempted to start up a game of that myself...). Gamestop sent me a 20% off coupon for a used game as a birthday present and I am debating whether to go get the rest of the Ezio trilogy or AC3. Life is full of tough choices, isn't it?
orangerful: (muppets kermit fozzie reading // lostaca)
We're going to see Muppets Most Wanted tomorrow and I am far more excited than someone my age should be. I love the Muppets. ADORE them.

For many people, when you say Muppets, they think of Sesame Street, and rightly so - that show has been on the air for 45 years. But the Muppets I adore are from The Muppet Show. And even though they have been toned down a bit since becoming a Disney property I still love them to bits.

The Muppet Show was just ending it's initial TV run when I was born but I some how managed to catch a lot of the shows as reruns. Some tv station in Virginia must have run them every morning and I (or more likely my Mom) set up the VCR and taped them every day, on SLP, so I had a huge collection of Muppet Shows that I watched over and over and over. It gave me an appreciation for all different kinds of music (guest stars ranged from Opera Singer Beverly Sills to 70s pop singer Leo Sayer to brilliant comedienne Gilda Radner), a twisted sense of humor (torturing Beaker is so wrong yet so right) and how a show can work on so many different levels. The Muppet Show was truly a family show, with something that everyone could appreciate.

I know Jim Henson and Company, and in particular The Muppets, shaped the way I view the world. Over the next week or so I'm going to do little appreciation posts to highlight The Muppets, Jim Henson, and the Henson Company because they can never have enough.

3 songs, then it's your turn! )

I could go on but I think that's enough from me for tonight -- but what about you? What are some of your favorite Muppet Music Moments?
orangerful: (:O  // orangerful)
Whoops, got a little bit behind on this one, didn't I????

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Might as well go with the first one. As [ profile] bittertwee said to me, great love spawns great bitterness. I speak of none other than THE X FILES.

Seriously, I devoted almost every Friday night of my middle school and high school life to this show. It started out so solid: great characters, great stories, actually SCARY television, a huge mystery to solve...and then it just got ridiculous. Our theory is that Chris Carter didn't know how to handle the Internet and instead of embracing the fan speculation, he paniced when he saw people guessing correctly what was probably his plot twist, so he veered into weirder directions. And then they PROMISED that the first movie would be an EPIC series finale...then FOX was all "Why don't you talk to our friends Grant and Jackson CHA-CHING!" and the show dragged on. And I kept watching...up until the infamous butt-genie episode (midget w/ no legs on a squeaky cart hides in people's BUTTS!!!!!!!!) and then I could no longer deny how horrible it was.

Runners up in this category would be Heroes and Lost. Gotta think BEYOND the first season people.

Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, With Feeling. Best Musical Episode of TV ever.
Angel - Smile Time
Firefly - Shindig
Battlestar Galactica - Hand of God
Arrested Development - Top Banana
Season 1 of Scrubs

Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
The only childhood show that actually survived my childhood - The Muppet Show. I can still watch that show and love every minute of it. I used to wake up and watch it before I went to school because some network in Virginia was rerunning the series. I think my mom must have taped them too because I had at least 3 VHS tapes floating around of lots of episodes. Henson humor is the best kind of humor. I wish they would put out the rest of the series on DVD and also get the Jim Henson Hour on DVD too. So much great TV from one man. *tear*

Day 14 - Favorite male character
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. Wesley was the Willow of Angel. Of all the characters, he had the biggest developmental arc that lasted all five seasons. And while I was frustrated with his actions sometimes, I never disliked him completely. He managed to evolve from a leather-clad dork falling off his motorcylce to a master of magic. But you could always see that glimmer of the man we met in Season 3 of Buffy - insecure, scared, shy. Especially when Fred was around.
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Caution: Whatnot at Work
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Anna did some work for me while I was in a meeting on Thursday. She types surprisingly fast for only having 8 fingers.
orangerful: (abby cadabby // orangerful)

First try with Anna in front of the camera. (okay okay this was like the 10th take...but still. TADA!)
orangerful: (Default)
Interview outtakes with Elmo and Ricky Gervais.

orangerful: (beeker got stress // orangerful)

orangerful: (scooter and guitar // orangerful)
So I finally ordered my Muppet Whatnot. Just clicked "order" like 5 minutes ago. This image is the mock-up that the website creates. It's weird to see the Muppet as a 2-D image. I spent a lot of time Google Image searching, trying to see what it would really look like. So after many hours (well, a couple) of deliberation, I finally chose the orange teardrop nose. Yes, the NOSE was the most difficult part.

I'll post pictures when she finally arrives. Supposed to ship in 2-3 business days, and I assume it's coming from NYC so hopefully it won't take too long to get here.
orangerful: (abby cadabby // orangerful)
Yesterday was our 9th Anniversary. 9 years since AD & I met face to face for the first time and went out on our first date.

On Saturday, when we were wandering through the mall, AD mentioned that he had purchased a gift for me for our anniversary. I, being a total dufus, had completely flaked on the fact that February came right after January and had done nothing. I felt really bad and I was trying to think of what to get for him.

Then Amazon sent me an email saying that Zombieland came out on blu-ray on Tuesday and I thought I had it all figured out - he must have pre-ordered that movie because we loved it so much when we saw it in the theater. Feeling very proud of myself, I decided I would get some clams casino from the local seafood market on my way home as a gift for him.

So I get home and I see this on the table:

Anniversary #9

"Hm", I think, "There isn't anything on that plate that looks blu-ray shaped...also there appears to be some kind of theme going on...not sure what it is..."

AD munched on his yummy clams casino while we talked about what we wanted to get for dinner, since going out didn't seem like a good idea with the snow forecast for the evening.

"OH, and do you know what came out today?" AD asked me.
"Yeah....Zombieland, right? I actually thought that's what you were getting me."
"Nope, I didn't know it was coming out until I saw it at Target"
"oh..." *tries to think of what the heck he could have gotten me

Before we left to go pick up some Mexican food for dinner (and spin by Target to pick up Zombieland for our evening viewing), AD made me sit down and open my present.

The border card, if you look closely, is made up of icons I had made for Livejournal. AD printed it out on sticker paper so I could cut them out and stick them to things. Already, his awesome amazes me.

I picked up the piece of paper with Kermit printed on the back. What could it be??? I pulled off the string, trying to make out the image on the other side of the paper...I slowly unfolded it and...

OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S A GIFT CARD TO THE MUPPET WHATNOT WORKSHOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you that do not know, the workshop is an FAO NYC exclusive where you can build your own Muppet Whatnot (the "extra" Muppets you see in the background all the time). I've wanted one since they launched the store a few years ago.

After we had dinner and watched Zombieland on blu-ray (which is still hilarious on the second viewing) I sat in front of my computer trying to design my Whatnot. It is SRS BSNS. I've narrowed it down to the blue body, round red eyes, and the hoodie...I think I like either the pink or the yellow boa hair...but I'm totally stuck on the nose color/shape.

So, there you have it - after NINE years together, this boy still surprises me. I did not expect this at all and I was just blown away.

*sigh* and now I have to go to work! Maybe it will be quiet on the desk and I can perfect my Whatnot design...
orangerful: (scooter and guitar // orangerful)
Poor AD - he keeps trying to learn 'Moonlight Sonata' but every time he goes to practice, I start to giggle because all I can think of is this:

orangerful: (indy ride // orangerful)
Oooh they keep talking about snow and snowstorms this weekend. I'm trying to not get my hopes up, but I"m scheduled to work Saturday and it would be so SWEET to get a snow day. Or even a delayed opening. But since I'm aware of the snow, my guess is that it will completely miss us.

Before I forget, gotta wave hi to my new friends!!! *waves to* [ profile] starwild, [ profile] stinabug87, and [ profile] rhi_anna!!!!!!

I finally watched Legend of the Seeker this morning with breakfast. I'm not sure what all the OOC fuss was about. I felt like Kahlan and Cara were well within their character limits.

spoilers for Dark  )

In other news, I gave my DVD copies of Battlestar Galactica to [ profile] heiland_coo (we upgraded to blu-ray back in July) and in return she pre-ordered Mass Effect 2 for me, so I'm waiting impatiently for that EPIC 2-Disc monster of a game to show up. I'll probably have to make it it's very own special tag. In the mean time, I still have 20% of Fereldin to explore in DragonAge.

DA spoilers )

And for those of you that are not LotS fans or DA players - here's a treat for sticking around this long:

Adorable...and Elmo isn't so bad either ;-)
orangerful: (face rank // orangerful)
AD told me to go watch The Guild's season 3 gag reel and I got a bit...distracted...

The Guild Sells Out - Bladezz Blade

Sesame Street: Celebrity Lullabies

Read more... )
orangerful: (scooter and guitar // orangerful)
I own this on DVD. I just love Fozzie's line about how he is of the "Ursine persuasian" LOL!

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